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Kenya 2013: Day 2 – Heathrow to Nairobi

Not much sleep was had last night, despite the most comfortable bed you could wish for in a stunning hotel. It was one of those nights where you just keep waking up every hour to check the time… we ended up giving up and got up at 5am, an hour earlier than planned. We checked out of the hotel and it was just a short walk into T5 and we were through security quickly and painlessly and settled down for a nice breakfast overlooking the runways (and some huge wooden giraffes!) before boarding at 9.45 and taking off at about 10.40am.

The journey was about 8 hours in total and took us out over France and down the length of the west coast of Italy before heading over Sicily (great view of Mt. Etna!) and across the Mediterranean.

It wasn’t long till we crossed the north coast of Africa ….. but then it took about 4 hours to cross the Sahara, skirting to the east of Libya. The Sahara is vast. It’s enormous. It was dark by the time any sign of greenness was starting to appear. We flew over South Sudan and to the east of Ethiopia approaching Kenya with Uganda just to the west, finally landing in Nairobi at 21.50 local time (GMT+3).

We were met by Jeff the hotel driver who took us to the Serena Hotel for just one night’s stop – I think we may well manage to sleep tonight….. 🙂


Masai Mara